April 18, 2014 6:34 pm

Snapshot: ‘Ashcombe Fête Champêtre’ (1937), Cecil Beaton

The images on display span decades, from a ‘medieval’ pageant in 1927, to the British photographer posing in 1968 with his camera on a bridge

From 1930 to 1945 the British photographer Cecil Beaton lived at Ashcombe House in Wiltshire where the image was taken during a fancy-dress party attended by hundreds of guests “cavorting all night”, in Beaton’s own words. It’s among a collection of previously unseen photographs (see slideshow below) in Sotheby’s Cecil Beaton studio archive that has been selected for an exhibition curated by Jasper Conran at Wilton House, near Ashcombe, home of the Earls of Pembroke. Beaton was a regular guest at Wilton, and the images on display span decades, from a “medieval” pageant in 1927, to Beaton posing in 1968 with his camera on a bridge on the estate .

‘Cecil Beaton at Wilton’ at Wilton House, Wiltshire, runs from April 19 to 21, then from May 3 to September 14 wiltonhouse.co.uk

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